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Common causes of pedestrian accidents

Motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians can be particularly serious. Most pedestrian accidents are due to the negligence, inattentiveness, confusion or aggression of a driver of a car, motorcycle or truck. Whether you walk around a quiet neighborhood or a busy city with a high level of traffic, you should be aware of the common causes of pedestrian accidents and how to stay safe.

Driver distraction

Distracted driving is a serious issue that impairs the ability of a driver to react to his or her surroundings. When a driver is distracted, he or she may swerve onto a sidewalk or not notice a pedestrian crossing the street. Examples of distracted driving include:

  • Texting or calling with a cell phone
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Programming a navigation system
  • Eating or drinking
  • Applying makeup
  • Dealing with children or pets

Even using hands-free technology to talk on the phone or having conversations with passengers can cause too much distraction for drivers.

Substance use

Alcohol and drug use accounts for a significant amount of car accidents involving pedestrians, especially ones that result in fatalities. When someone drives under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they are partaking in negligent behavior and violating reasonable care for pedestrians and other drivers. Accidents involving alcohol usually occur during nights and weekends.

Aggressive driving and speeding

Anger and road rage are two primary causes of pedestrian accidents, especially in busy cities. When there is a significant level of traffic, drivers are often more prone to disobey traffic signals or signs, fail to yield the right of way, turn unlawfully or drive at unsafe speeds. You should be aware of this potential danger when walking along busy streets.

Drowsy driving

The risks and potentially tragic consequences of drowsy driving for pedestrians are alarming. Drivers who are particularly fatigued or sleepy have slow reaction times and have an impaired ability to make proper judgments. Causes of drowsy driving include inadequate sleep, untreated sleep disorders, alcohol consumption and medications.

As a pedestrian, being aware of these contributing factors to accidents will help you take preventative safety measures. When you are cautious, stay alert and make yourself visible to drivers, you can reduce the risk of getting hit by a vehicle. Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, you cannot control the negligence of drivers. You also cannot predict whether a driver is under the influence, distracted, fatigued or in a fit of road rage. If you are involved in an accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case and the best route to receive compensation.

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